Root plane and scaling, otherwise known as non-surgical scaling and root planning, is an intricate surgical process involving removal of calculus and plaque from tooth roots with the goal of improving the aesthetics of the tooth. It is often performed at the dentist’s office and it can be done on either one or two teeth at a time.
The process can begin in the dentist’s office, although this is more common for younger adults. During root planing and scaling, a dentist removes a small amount of tissue at the back of each tooth, along the gum line. This will allow the root to be exposed, allowing the tooth to be cleaned.
Root planing and scaling involve making the tooth as clean as possible, in order to make the root stronger, which will reduce the risk of infection and gum disease. The dentist may also choose to extract the tooth, so it does not need root support for future applications. During this procedure, the dentist will also likely remove any remaining enamel from the teeth. However, the dentist will likely use a bonding agent, or composite resin, that will fill the gaps.
Once the procedure is completed, the dentist will likely prepare the area by applying an enamel sealer. A fluoride resin may be used in order to protect against future staining of the teeth. When the resin is applied to the tooth, it will form a protective layer, and it will stay on for up to six months. It is important to use the proper mouthwash before cleaning your teeth. Failure to do so may cause bacteria to enter into the mouth, which could lead to serious infection.
After the root planing and scaling process, the dentist will likely clean and polish your teeth. In addition to this, he or she may also recommend an orthodontic appliance if one is not already present. The appliance will be used in conjunction with regular maintenance. The appliance will hold the teeth in place, which means that they will stay where they are supposed to be without the possibility of falling out. It is very important to ensure that you brush regularly, and floss, since they will be held in place by the appliance.
Deep cleaning and scaling procedures are effective methods for improving your oral hygiene and restoring your smile. There is a chance of tooth decay and other problems, however, so you should often brush, floss, use an enamel sealer and use an appliance if necessary.